Pro-Life This Week – September 20, 2019
Week in Review – 2,246 aborted babies; CMP Update; New abortion numbers
In grisly news this week, the family of abortionist Ulrich Klopfer called police. After Klopfer died on September 3, his family was going through his belongings at his home when they discovered 2,246 “medically preserved” aborted babies found stored on his property in Illinois. The discovery was reported to the authorities and the remains were collected by the county coroner. The Will County Sheriff’s Office has stated that there is no evidence that abortions were done on Klopfer’s property. The sheriff said no further statements will be made until the investigation is over.
Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue stated, “Klopfer was an unsavory character who operated three abortion facilities in Fort Wayne, Gary, and South Bend, Indiana, at the peak of his career. His clinics were repeatedly cited for failing to pass heath inspections. Klopfer’s Indiana medical license was suspended in 2016 for failing to report suspected child sex abuse on a 13-year old, but gave abortions to little girls as young as 10 who were brought to him for abortions. After his last abortion clinic closed in 2016, Klopfer apparently moved to an unincorporated area of Wills County, Illinois.”
Once news of the discovery of the bodies began to spread, a number of pro-life groups, funeral homes, and churches in both Indiana and Illinois were quick to offer support and stated their willingness to provide burials for the aborted children. We will keep you updated as this develops.
The preliminary hearings in a courtroom California, where a judge will evaluate the 14 criminal charges against the Center for Medical Progress’ undercover journalists, wound down this week. We have been reading reports from both pro-life and pro-abortion sources and, as you can imagine, the two sides present completely different analyses of the proceedings. It is clear that David Daleiden did present details of all the steps he took—including discussing his plan with three different California law firms—to make sure that what he intended to do was within California law. He also showed videos in the court demonstrating how any member of the public could just walk into exhibit rooms where some of the videos were recorded and how others took place in public spaces. Based on what we’ve read and what we’ve heard from people who were sitting in the courtroom, a just decision would be to dismiss all charges. However, this is a California judge ruling on a case started by the Obama Justice Department and moved forward by a state attorney general who is now a United States senator. Please pray that the judge issues a just decision.
Finally, this week, the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute released their latest numbers on how many surgical and medical abortions occur yearly in the United States. They estimate that 862,000 medical and surgical abortions took place in 2017. This works out, of course, to 71,833 a month, 16,577 a week, 2,362 a day, 98 an hour, and five babies every three minutes.
We need to always remember that when Guttmacher and the media speak about abortions, they only consider medical and surgical abortions. They do not consider the millions of babies who die because they can’t implant in a uterine lining that has been thinned by contraceptives (i.e., chemical abortions) or the millions more who die in IVF labs (i.e., clinical abortions)
There is a lot of hype in the media that 862,000 is the lowest number since 1973 (when the estimated annual count was 744,600). Although that is a true statement, how can we be anything but upset about killing five babies every three minutes through medical and surgical abortions?
ALL in the News – Judie Writes an Op-Ed for The Christian Post; Radio Show Discusses the State of the Nation
On Friday, September 13, The Christian Post published an op-ed by Judie Brown. The opinion piece, “This Modern-Day Holocaust Is Profit Driven,” can be found on the Post’s website as well as the ALL website.
On Wednesday, September 18, Judie was interviewed and featured on the radio show, From the Median. Along with host, Molly Smith, Judie discussed the current culture of death in America and the successes and failures of the pro-life movement. Her segment, “The State of the Nation,” can be found here.
Jim Sedlak’s Pro-Life Activism from Creation to Death is a weekly talk-radio program on the Radio Maria USA network. The show can be heard live every Friday at noon (Eastern Time) and is repeated on Saturdays (10 PM).
Video of the Week – Judie Brown explains how palliative care is leading caregivers down the path of hastened death for the suffering
What palliative care should be is different from what palliative care is becoming—a pathway to hastened death. Judie Brown, president of American Life League, explains the encroaching dangers of putting too much decision-making into the hands of government bureaucrats and “trained” healthcare professionals.
Action Item of the Week – Join Prayer and Fasting effort for Amazonian Synod
Attention, all Catholics!
The Amazonian Synod will begin on October 6, 2019. It is formally titled “New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.” According to published reports, the October 6-27 synod will draw some 300 Catholic leaders from the Pan-Amazonian region to discuss issues including the rights of indigenous populations, land rights, migration, corruption, the Church’s missionary efforts in the area, local liturgy and sustainable development.
The National Catholic Register reports that Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider have issued an eight-page declaration warning against six “serious theological errors and heresies” they say are contained in the Amazonian Synod working document. They are calling on the faithful to pray and fast to prevent such errors being approved. They propose that clergy and laity “pray daily at least one decade of the Holy Rosary and to fast once a week” for such intentions from now until October 26.
You are encouraged to join in this prayer and fasting effort, asking God and our Blessed Mother prevent the “serious theological errors and heresies” from being approved at the Amazonian Synod.
Through the centuries, the Catholic Church has faced many trying times. It appears that the 21stcentury is shaping up as one of those times. When our faithful leaders, Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider, ask us to pray for a specific purpose to protect the Church, we need to take heed.Please join with millions of Catholics around the world and pray and fast, asking that the participants of the Amazonian Synod will allow themselves to be led by the Holy Spirit and make the right choices for our Church.
Pro-life Social Media – Former Planned Parenthood President Strikes Back at Organization on Twitter
Parting ways with the nation’s largest abortion provider less than a year after it hired you isn’t likely to be an amicable split. Leana Wen wanted Planned Parenthood to be less “abortion-y.” Her bosses didn’t agree.
And thus began a break-up, with Wen writing a confidential letter to Planned Parenthood’s board, then someone had the idea to leak it to the New York Times.
I am very disappointed that my confidential letter to @PPFA Board is leaked to @nytimes. There should be no dispute regarding the terms of my employment contract. I will not be forced to sign a gag clause and compromise my integrity. Full statement here. pic.twitter.com/P6MaH1Hnke— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) September 14, 2019
“Now, [Planned Parenthood’s board] refuse[s] to honor my employment contract unless I agree to a gag clause.”
What? Planned Parenthood wants to gag a former employee? Aren’t gag orders ‘dangerous’?
You can’t expect integrity from a corrupt billion-dollar biz, Dr. Wen. Guess it’s always been @PPFA that’s had the #GagRule. They don’t want anything like truth getting out. pic.twitter.com/L5nLby9WqK— Ryan Bomberger (@ryanbomberger) September 16, 2019
With all due respect to you, Dr. Wen, your confidential letter was not leaked. It was intentionally released. Your professional product was weaponized against you. “Planned Parenthood” is, in every way, a lie.@obianuju— TheCrew 🥍 (@drewcrewmom) September 15, 2019
Dr. Wen, Planned Parenthood is a hardcore, aggressive, for-profit abortion business. They prey on girls & women who are often in a vulnerable state of mind and/or being pressured to end their child’s life. They do not “care – no matter what.” I’m sure you realize this by now.— Linda Thomas (@_smthgbeautiful) September 15, 2019
As a leading women’s health care organization, @PPFA should understan… 😂😂 (sorry, couldn’t get thru that with a straight face) 🤡— Darin J (@architecturi) September 15, 2019
Neither do we. Wen is still an advocate for killing kids before they’re born.